HUNDREDS of runner clad in multi-coloured tutus gathered at Upton Country Park to take part in a race aimed to help improve the lives of poorly children.

The annual 3k Rainbow Run in aid of Naomi House and Jacksplace saw people from far and wide come together to run around the track only to be pelted with powered paint.

Every participant is set to receive a medal and t-shirt for taking part.

It is the largest number of runners to have taken part in the fundraising event.

Charity representative Gemma Brennan said: "It is a sell-out. It was the maximum number we could have and we sold out about two months ago. It was a fantastic amount of people to get in such a short period of time.

"Maybe we can get even more signed up next year.

"We're hoping to raise somewhere around £40,000 from this year to go towards Naomi House and Jacksplace and continue the amazing work they do to support children suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

"Today is really exciting. We've got men, women and children - and even dogs - taking part.

"We've got a lot of volunteers here and support from our corporate partners too.

"Our volunteers have been here since 6am unpacking the paints and the medals and they will be here doing all the clear down as well. We couldn't have done any of this without them."